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Tom Crawford Papers

Tom Crawford Papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Tom Crawford Papers
Creator: Crawford, Tom
Inclusive Dates: 1969-2018
Language(s): English
Extent: 7 box(es) (5 linear feet, 3.11 gigabytes)
Collection Number: RBRL444
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies

Collection Description

Biographical Note

Tom Crawford was born on November 16, 1950 in Atlanta, Georgia and graduated from Clarkston High School in DeKalb County, Georgia in 1968. As a journalism student at the University of Georgia, Crawford worked at the student-led newspaper, The Red & Black, rising to rank of sports editor. He graduated with honors in 1972 and began his professional career as a beat reporter at the Alabama state capitol for the The Montgomery Advertiser. From 1972 to 1983, Crawford worked as a copy editor for The Atlanta Constitution (1972-1973); a beat reporter covering local, county, and state government for The Marietta Daily Journal (1973-1975); and as a reporter for The Atlanta Journal (1975-1983) covering the county courthouse, Atlanta city hall, and the Georgia state capitol and General Assembly. Crawford's political reporting during this period included the 1978 and 1982 governor races, 1980 U.S. Senate race, 1981 Atlanta mayoral election, and numerous other congressional, state, and local elections. Crawford stepped away from reporting in 1983 and assumed an accounts executive position at Pringle Dixon Pringle, a public relations agency in Atlanta. He also dabbled in speechwriting during the 1980s and 1990s. In 2000, Crawford launched the online news website Capitol Impact--later known as The Georgia Report-- which provided news coverage of policial events at the state capitol and across Georgia until 2018. Tom Crawford died on July 18, 2018 after a decades-long battle against cancer.

Scope and Content

This collection contains news article clippings, reporter notebooks, digital files, photographs, audiovisual recordings, artifacts, and other materials documenting Tom Crawford's nearly fifty year career as a newspaper journalist covering city, county, and state politics in Georgia between 1969 and 2018.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged in the following series: Series I. Articles, Series II. Notebooks, Series III. The Georgia Report, Series IV. Photographs, Series V. Audiovisual Recordings, Series VI. Artifacts.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

This collection contains digital files. To access these files, please request the folders you would like through the finding aid using your research account. An archivist will be in contact with you to explain how to access the files. Please note that not all file formats are currently supported by the library for research use.

Preferred citation

Tom Crawford Papers, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.

Copyright Information

Before material from collections at the Richard B. Russell Library may be quoted in print, or otherwise reproduced, in whole or in part, in any publication, permission must be obtained from (1) the owner of the physical property, and (2) the holder of the copyright. It is the particular responsibility of the researcher to obtain both sets of permissions. Persons wishing to quote from materials in the Russell Library collection should consult the Director. Reproduction of any item must contain a complete citation to the original.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding Aid prepared by Agozie Onyirimba and Brandon Pieczko, 2018.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Atlanta (Ga.) -- Politics and government.
Cobb County (Ga.) -- Politics and government
Georgia -- General Assembly.
Georgia -- Politics and government.
Journalists -- Georgia.
Marietta (Ga.)

Related Collections in this Repository

Two-Party Georgia Oral History Project, TPGA-004 Tom Crawford

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


Series I. Articles, 1969-2009, 2016

Contains clippings of articles written by Tom Crawford for The Atlanta Journal, Marietta Daily Journal, and the University of Georgia's The Red & Black newspapers. Also included are photographs, supplementary material, and a letter of appreciation from Governor Jimmy Carter for an editorial Crawford wrote inThe Marietta Daily Journal.
11Politics, 1979-1980
12Mayor, 1979
13Airport, 1977-1979
14[Roscoe Dean], 1980
15[The Red and Black], 1969-1971
16[Articles], 1969-1971
17[Articles], 1970-1972
18[Articles], 1977-1982
19[Articles], 1971-1982
110[Articles], 1975-1976
111Douglas, 1976
112[Articles], 1980
113[Articles], 1978-1979
114Cobb, 1975
115Cobb, 1976
116[Cobb], 1973-1974
117[Cobb], 1976
118[Cobb], 1977
119[Cobb], 1973-1975
120BS Correspondence, 1973-1974
121Public Safety, 1979
122[Articles], 1977-1978
123[Articles], 1974-1975
124[Articles], 1976
125[Articles], 1978
126[Dekalb], 1977
127[Articles], 1973-1974
128[Articles], 1972-1974
129Finance, 1979
130[Articles], 1977
131Douglas, 1975
132[Articles], 1978-1980
133[Cobb], 1977
134[Articles], 1976-1977
135[Cobb County Commissioners], 1975
136Cobb File, 1976
137Cobb, 1976-1977
138[Cobb], 1973-1975
139[Articles], 1973-1975
21[Articles], 1978-1981
22[Articles and Signed Photograph of Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter], 1974-1982
23[Articles], 1970-1972
24[Articles], 1969-1971
25[Articles], 1976-1981
26[Articles], 1974-1977
27[Articles], 1981-1982
28[Articles], 1970-2009
29[Articles], 1971-1972
210[Articles], 1976-1981
211[Articles], 1972-1975
212[Articles], 1973-1982
213[Articles], 1974-1987
214[Articles], 1974-1982
215Line of Credit, 1969-1972
216[Articles], 1974
217[Articles], 1973
218[Articles], 1973-1974
219[Articles], 1973
220City Council, 1979
221General Assembly, 1980-1982
222[Letter of Appreciation from Governor Jimmy Carter], 1974 March 12
223Georgia Professional Lobbyists Association Pictorial Directory, 2016

Series II. Notebooks, 2000-2003, 2007-2018

Consists of reporter notebooks containing handwritten notes by Crawford for news stories written between 2000 and 2018.
21-25Notebooks, 2000 January - 2001 March
31-24Notebooks, 2001 March - 2003 March
41-24Notebooks, 2003 March - 2003 September; 2007-2010
51-23Notebooks, 2011 January - 2015 March
61-9Notebooks, 2015 April - 2018 January

Series III. The Georgia Report, 2000-2018

Contains notes, statistics, background materials, and drafts for articles written by Crawford for his news website, The Georgia Report ( Also included are articles, blog posts, photographs, and other digital files that were harvested from the website by Russell Library staff in July 2018.
ER 1Georgia Report Articles [digital files], 2000-2015
View an inventory of this folder online.
ER 2Georgia Report Website [digital files], 2018 July

Series IV. Photographs, circa 1974-2010

ER 3News Photos [digital files], circa 1974-2010
View an inventory of this folder online.

Series V. Audiovisual Recordings, 2009

ER 4Georgia Public Broadcasting "Lawmakers" Program [digital files], 2009-03-20
Program description from DVD: "Day 34 - Tonight on Lawmakers, the House votes to compensate John Jerome White, who was wrongfully convicted and served over ten years in prision; the Senate votes to give state income tax credits for scholarship fund donations; our leadership series of interviews continues with Senate President Pro Tem Tommie Williams; our legislative scorecard as of day 34; and we'll talk with Tom Crawford of for his thoughts on this week under the gold dome." Interview with Tom Crawford begins at 21:08 and ends at 24:57.
ER 5Georgia Public Broadcasting "Lawmakers" Program [digital files], 2009-03-23
Program description from DVD: "Day 35 - Transportation takes center stage as the Senate passes legislation aimed at a funding fix; Governor Perdue wants the federal government out of Georgia's reapportionment process; legislation backed by the Governor to restructure the Department of Human Resources passes the Senate; a bill that requires certain inmates to undergo HIV testing before release clears House committee, but with changes; and our leadership interview series continues with Senate Democratic Caucus Chair Tim Golden."

Series VI. Artifacts, circa 1974-1983

6"Rowan for Governor" Campaign Button, circa 1974-1982
VII.151"Meet Your Atlanta Journal Reporter in Cobb Tom Crawford" Poster, circa 1975-1983